8104 W Waters Ave., Tampa, FL 33615
Cost range: 1.00-10.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: No alcohol
More in this neighborhood: Town 'n' Country
This is part attractive sit-down restaurant, part grab-and-go of traditional Vietnamese ingredients (sua dau nanh, a fresh soy milk; cha bo and cha lua, the Vietnamese patelike sausages you find in banh mi sandwiches) and part order-at-the-counter boba teas, milk slushes and novelty drinks that the average 14-year-old girl would swoon over while playing Pokémon Go. You know, those drinks with the wide straws and neon crystal pearl jellies and popping boba lurking at the bottom. There are a number of things that set Thinh An Kitchen & Tofu apart from its competitors. The sheer scope of it is impressive — peek in the kitchen and several dozen people are bustling among industrial-sized gleaming stainless steel stock pots and chopping mountains of cilantro and basil. And the refrigerators and steam trays are full of banh bau (pork buns with tiny quail eggs at their center), French-Vietnamese sausage-filled pastries called banh pate so, hotel racks of still-hot French baguettes and seven different kinds of tofu. Tofu they make themselves every day.
Hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Wed.-Mon., closed Tues.